As young careerists are navigating their way into the workforce, it seems many – perhaps just happy to have a job or internship – are prone to ignoring some very scary red flags served up by monster-like employers.
The fact is that as we progress through the hiring process, recruiters and hiring managers are prone to saying what we want to hear in candy-coated tones…
Yet another resume submitted by another early careerist – and another rejection followed by another disappointment.
And despite what you might think – that this was all cause because of typos or resume formatting issues, a lack of internships or a poor GPA – that rejection was caused by something far more important…
Welcome, college students! Welcome (or welcome back) to the hallowed halls, the academic grind, to a life of independence and adulthood.
And welcome back to the “big lie”…
We continue to talk about personal branding as though it has become an involuntary action, like a reflex or breathing. Not so.
Personal branding is a learned skill. Or rather in the Social Age, an always-learning skill.
We talk a lot about the importance of customizing resumes for each application and establishing a solid online presence. Over and over, we cover effective job search techniques and job interview best practices. In fact, as job seekers, we pretty much obsess over every little detail involved with finding meaningful work.
What don’t we talk about enough? We don’t discuss – anywhere near enough – the baseline expectations recruiters have of every candidate